Regional Patent Office Under New Leadership

by Ali Manor

Molly Kocialski took over the role of director of the Denver office

By Tony Flesor

LAW WEEK COLORADO

As of this month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Rocky Mountain satellite office is under new leadership with an area insider.

Molly Kocialski, former senior patent counsel for Oracle, was named the director of the regional satellite and was sworn in at a ceremony at the Washington, D.C., office Jan. 12. Denver has enjoyed the benefits of the satellite office with a growing intellectual property market, including the opening of law firm offices operating in IP. Kocialski’s appointment to the position might be just another sign of Denver’s rising prominence in the patent world.

At Oracle, Kocialski was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for the company and its subsidiaries. Prior to her time at Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and has also worked in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket.

Now, as the director of the USPTO Rocky Mountain regional office, Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the USPTO. One of the primary responsibilities of the regional director is maintaining community engagement and stimulating intellectual property in the community, something Kocialski has done even before taking the position at the patent office.

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